3 Safety Tips for Sharing the Road With Tractor-Trailers

by Staff Blogger | August 25th, 2016

Tractor-tractors keep our country moving. They are a vital link between suppliers and the communities they serve, making the necessities of life accessible for everyone. To keep that system flourishing, it’s important that they transport large loads as quickly as possible. Those loads can be up to 80,000 lbs. That amount of weight requires a great deal of precision and concentration to keep everyone on the road safe. However, there are some things you can do as well to ensure everyone’s safety.

Here are our top 3 driving tips for sharing the road safely with tractor-trailers.

  1. Give plenty of space. Tractor-trailers are designed to carry enormous amounts of weight, and that requires an equally enormous amount of power. Due to that weight, stopping a tractor-trailer isn’t the same as stopping a car. Be sure to give trucks plenty of space, especially when pulling into their lane or out in front of them at an intersection to give them adequate time to stop.
  2. Avoid the no zones. There’s a simple rule that every driver should keep in mind about tractor-trailers. If you can’t see their mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you. Stay out of these “no zones” to ensure everyone knows where everyone else is at all times.
  3. Use good judgment. Many truck accidents could be avoided if other drivers simply used good judgment out on the road. Never pull out in front of a truck or pull into their lane unless you have plenty of clearance.

Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid an accident with a tractor-trailer, no matter how safely you drive. If this has happened to you, give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll make sure you know your options and fight to get you the compensation you need.